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Timely Hitting Leads Ponies Past Yard Goats

May 7, 2022

HARTFORD, CT – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies held off the Hartford Yard Goats 5-4 on Saturday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, snapping a three-game losing streak. Down 3-0 after four, the Rumble Ponies scored five unanswered runs to take a 5-3 lead. In the fifth, Matt Winaker hit an RBI

HARTFORD, CT – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies held off the Hartford Yard Goats 5-4 on Saturday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Down 3-0 after four, the Rumble Ponies scored five unanswered runs to take a 5-3 lead. In the fifth, Matt Winaker hit an RBI single that scored Jeremy Vasquez from second to make it 3-1. In the sixth, Vasquez hit a two-run double that tied the score at three.

In the seventh, Winaker hit a one out double for his second hit of the night. The next batter, Luke Ritter, drove him home with an RBI double to left center that put the Ponies on top 4-3. After a wild pitch by RHP Jared Biddy moved Ritter to third, Francisco Alvarez walked to set up runners on the corners and one out. Brett Baty then drove him in with an RBI groundout to first to make it 5-3.

Michel Otanez allowed his first earned run of the season but held on for his third save of the year in as many chances in the ninth. RHP Joe Zanghi (1-0) got the win allowing just one hit over two and a third scoreless frames with one walk and four strikeouts, to drop his ERA to 0.73 in eight appearances. Yeizo Campos also pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Ponies starter David Griffin, making his double-a debut, allowed five hits and three runs over three and two thirds innings with two walks and six strikeouts in the no decision.

Vasquez, Winaker, Baty, and Ritter each had multi-hit games with a run scored and at least one RBI.

The two teams close out the six-game series on Mother’s Day with first pitch Sunday at 1:05 PM and pregame coverage getting underway on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and 92.1 FM at 12:50 PM.

Postgame Notes: Jake Mangum extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single to leadoff the second…he has now hit safely in eight of his last nine games.